Book club wakes up with Coffee Talk

Apr. 25, 2014 @ 09:19 AM

Every third Thursday of the month at Highland Coffee House, the Coffee Talk Book Club gathers to discuss the month’s book selection.

Emily Gibbons, reference desk librarian at the Caldwell County Library Lenoir branch, started the Coffee Talk Book Club three years ago.

“We have one selection that we read and discuss over coffee,” Gibbons said.

Gibbons has selected the books well beforehand so that club members can read at their own pace and to make sure every member can get a copy well ahead of time. For April, the club read “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” a novel that looks at the events of Sept. 11, 2001, from the eyes of a child whose father died in one of the Twin Towers. Now, the club members are diving into “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin. Gibbons said the book is told from two points of view, a modern-day lawyer working on a court case and a plantation owner who claimed her slave’s artwork as her own.

Usually, six or seven people come to meetings, Gibbons said, but she is always eager for new members to join. Gibbons said Coffee Talk provides a way to carry on great discussions and get to know fellow book lovers in the community.

“We get excited about them,” Gibbons said. “The one that we had the most attendance for was ‘The Hunger Games,’ which was interesting to me because it’s young adult, but probably the best conversation has been about the book we read last month, ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ We had two hours of non-stop conversation about this book, not even off subject, which is unusual for us.”

After “The House Girl,” Coffee Talk will take off the month of June then resume meeting on the third Thursday in July.

“And, usually we’ll chose something a little more ambitious if we take a month off so that we can get back together in July,” Gibbons said. “For July, we’re reading ‘Sense and Sensibility,’ something that will take a little more time to work through.”

Gibbons invites any community member to show up at a meeting with that month’s book read and ready to discuss.

“We want to promote reading and have a good relationship with the community and invite people to read with us,” Gibbons said.